Greg Kostraba

Content Director

February 16, 2009 marked the beginning of my second go-around at WBAA. I worked here as a Program Host/Producer from 1995 to 2001, hosting classical music, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the weekly 20th century classical music series “The Kostraba Conundrum.” After a short stint as Program Director at a public radio station in Kansas, I moved with my family to Toledo to serve as Classical Music Director at WGTE-FM, staying for seven years. One of my highlights there was winning the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for "Radio Producer of the Year" for my monthly in-studio performance program “Live From FM 91” and special programs celebrating the life and music of composers William Grant Still and Samuel Adler.

Aside from my family, my passion in life is playing the piano. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and was a semifinalist at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004. You may have heard me on Performance Today playing In a Mist by Bix Beiderbecke from the New Harmony Music Festival & School or William Grant Still’s Kaintuck’ with the Toledo Symphony. Perhaps you have seen me as soloist with the Lafayette and Purdue Symphony Orchestras, or performing chamber music on the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society series. I have also been included on several recordings: the Toledo Clarinets premiere CD on the Cambria label, two recordings of music by Rick Sowash on the composer’s own label, and a release by my horn trio Quelque Chose on Kickshaw Records. (A record by the Sylvan Trio, my ensemble with flutist and Sunday Baroque host Suzanne Bona and cellist Josh Aerie, is in the works.) My favorite gig, though, may have been playing on a weekly basis in the Rusty’s Jazz Café Big Band in Toledo with my late father, the bandleader Dan Terry, in the audience.

Ways to Connect

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with Adam Bodony, Interim Orchestra Conductor of Purdue Bands and Orchestras, about the next Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra performance, Friday, March 4th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Purdue's Stewart Center.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia and two members of the orchestra featured in the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Rohrman Center for the Performing Arts at Jefferson High School.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks with cellist Margot Marlatt and pianist Mary Heller, who will be featured on the next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert Sunday, January 31 at 4 p.m. at Fowler Hall in Purdue's Stewart Center .

The Bach Chorale Singers will be in performance twice this weekend: their "Let There Be Peace" concert takes place Saturday, December 12th at 7:30 p.m. followed by the annual "Candlelight, Lessons and Carols" program Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 p.m. Both concerts are at First Baptist Church, 411 N. 5th Street in Lafayette. A member of the chorale, Karl Brandt, previews the concerts with WBAA's Jan Simon.

WBAA is providing music and food for thought to accompany your Thanksgiving Day. Classical music is the heart and soul of Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Food, Fall and Gratitude , with no clichés about pilgrims and pumpkin pies between pieces. Instead, host John Birge presents a contemporary celebration of the spirit of gratitude, with this year’s special guest, chef Jacques Pépin . Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. on WBAA Classical on 101.3 FM. The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential is a live...

The Lafayette Symphony and Kentucky Opera will join forces to perform Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. LSO Music Director Nick Palmer previews the performance with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will be in performance Sunday, November 15th at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Artistic Director Clayton Lein previews the concert, titled “Cold Winter’s Ice Is Fled,” with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Adam Bodony, Interim Orchestra Conductor at Purdue. They discuss Purdue's orchestra program and preview this season’s concerts.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently spoke with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony's Artistic Director José Valencia and two members of the orchestra about the next WVYS concert, Sunday evening at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.

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